This movie starts with an interesting premise: how do men make friends? I mean, women make friends all the time, at a yoga class or in the grocery store. Perhaps because the conventional wisdom is that lesbianism is erotic and male homosexuality is unmanly, straight women are less concerned that a platonic overture might be misconstrued. Either that, or men are just idiots. Yeah, it’s probably that first thing.
Peter (Paul Rudd) has just gotten engaged, but a shadow falls on this happiest of times when it occurs to him he has no male friends, no wedding party. So he sets out on a mission, find a friend. With the help of his cool and insightful gay brother, Robbie (Andy Samberg), and his hip parents Oswald (J.K. Simmons) and Joyce (Jane Curtin), he starts out on his odyssey. He has a few misfires, like when one of his ‘man dates’ ends in an awkward and hilarious one-sided French kiss, before he meets Sidney (Jason Segel). Sidney is a frozen-in-time guru with great advice for everyone except himself. And just like that, a friendship is formed. The trouble comes when Peter’s fiancée Zooey (Rashida Jones) can’t quite handle Sidney or his influence on Peter.
The movie is funny. It’s not grab your sides, fall out of your chair funny, but it’s funny. Paul Rudd steps into the leading man role with ease, and I always look forward to seeing him. Putting it mildly, however, the film is off-color, so if you’re looking for a wholesome family comedy, steer clear. It's a 7.